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November 3, 2021, 6:35 PM

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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
US sanctions four companies, including NSO Group, that sell spyware or hacking tools, adding them to a list of entities engaging in “malicious cyber activities”  —  The US government has sanctioned today four companies that develop and sell spyware and other hacking tools, the US Department of Commerce announced today.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram brings back support for Twitter card previews after removing the feature in 2012  —  Instagram is bringing back support for Twitter Card previews starting today.  Now when users share an Instagram link on Twitter, a preview of the post will be shown in the tweet.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GitHub CEO Nat Friedman is stepping down on November 15; Thomas Dohmke, who became chief product officer in August, will take over as CEO  —  GitHub CEO Nat Friedman is stepping down from his role on November 15 to become the Chairman Emeritus of the Microsoft-owned service.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta announces new Facebook creator tools, including custom subscription links that use its native payments system to bypass Apple and Google's IAP cut  —  The change is specifically about circumventing Apple's 30 percent tax, according to Zuckerberg  —  Facebook has found a way to skirt Apple's 30 percent tax on in-app transactions.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
CISA creates a catalog of known exploited vulnerabilities, including in Apple and Google products, and orders federal agencies to patch within timeframes  —  The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has established today a public catalog of vulnerabilities known to be exploited …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
A look at the booming market for bots that steal 2FA codes, often using SMS services like Twilio, to break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts  —  The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.  —  Joseph Cox
New York Times:
Google is aggressively pursuing a major cloud computing and AI contract with the Pentagon, three years after employee outcry ended similar work on Project Maven  —  Three years ago, the company walked away from a Defense Department project after employees objected to it.
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Coinbase confirms it is testing Coinbase One, a subscription service that internal docs show could feature zero trading fees and prioritized phone support  —  Quick Take  — Coinbase is testing out a new subscription service, dubbed Coinbase One  — The service would give users access to more features such as zero-fee trading
New York Times:
Meta plans to shut down Facebook's decade-old facial recognition system this month, deleting the face scan data of 1B+ users following legal and regulatory woes  —  Saying it wants “to find the right balance” with the technology, the social network will delete the face scan data of more than one billion users.
Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google News will return to Spain “early next year” following a change to Spain's copyright laws that will let Google negotiate fees with individual publishers  —  Spain has changed its copyright law in accordance with EU legislation  —  Who should get paid when big tech platforms aggregate news stories?
Campbell Kwan / ZDNet:
A joint probe by Australia and UK's Information Commissioners finds Clearview AI collected data on 3B+ people by indiscriminately scraping info from the web  —  Despite uncovering Clearview AI's intrusive practices, Australia's Information Commissioner conceded that the number of Australians …
Paulina Duran / Reuters:
Australia's largest bank Commonwealth Bank to become the country's first to offer customers crypto services, including cryptocurrency trading via its app  —  Commonwealth Bank of Australia will become the country's first to offer retail clients crypto services, Australia's largest bank said on Wednesday …
Michael Bellusci / CoinDesk:
CB Insights: global VC funding of crypto and blockchain hit a record $6.5B in Q3 across 286 deals; US startups raised $2.97B, followed by Asia with $1.4B  —  Global venture capital funding into cryptocurrency and blockchain reached an all-time high of $6.5 billion in the third quarter of 2021 …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
The criminal group behind BlackMatter ransomware announces plans to shut down the operation, citing “pressure from the authorities”  —  The criminal group behind the BlackMatter ransomware have announced plans today to shut down their operation, citing pressure from local authorities.

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